Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 10 of Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week Program
- Class 6-A: L’Ravien Elia, Jr., Quarterback, Beaumont West Brook
- Class 5-A: MJ Rivers, Sr., Quarterback, Frisco Lone Star
- Class 4-A: Zadock Dinkelmann, Sr., Quarterback, Somerset
- Class 3-A: Tayvis Coleman, Sr., Running Back/Strong Safety, Teague
- Class 2-A: Kevin Yeager, Jr., Quarterback/Safety/Kicker, De Leon
- Private Schools: Wiley Green, Sr., Quarterback/Punter, Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy
In its twelfth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week of the 2017 regular season, recognizing one player in each of the state’s six athletic classifications. The winners are chosen for athletic achievements on the field, as well as for outstanding scholarship and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.
This week’s winning athletes join a long list of remarkable players recognized for their exceptional efforts.
Week 10 winners
Class 6-A: L’Ravien Elia, Jr., Quarterback, Beaumont West Brook
Teetering on the brink of postseason extinction two weeks ago, Beaumont West Brook entered a bye week look to jump-start its drive for the Class 6A, Division 2 playoffs. After dropping two straight district games to Lufkin and The Woodlands, the Bruins needed a collective effort to right the ship, but ultimately junior dual threat quarterback L’Ravien Elia delivered a season-saving performance. L’Ravien was merely brilliant last Friday, accounting for nine touchdowns and 584 total yards, spurring West Brook over District 12-6A rivals Conroe Oak Ridge, 70-43. “Our offense revolves around L’Ravien and we needed to get back to where we were prior to those two losses. That bye week allowed us to refocus,” says Head Coach Eric Peevey. Operating from the spread, L’Ravien rushed for 214 yards and two scores (4 and 80 yards) on 15 carries (14.3 yards a pop) and hit on 18 of 24 passes for 370 yards and seven TDs. This is the second Built FordTough weekly honor for the 6-0, 182-pounder, who won it for Week 8 in 2016. The Bruins (5-2, 3-2 district) close out the regular season with Conroe this Thursday.
L’Ravien is attracting interest from Houston and LSU and is a B-student. He plays basketball in the winter and is a sprinter on the track in the spring. Additionally, he’s active in the community with his church’s youth group, greeting the elementary school kids on Fridays, and visiting the local senior citizens’ home.
“L’Ravien is a natural born leader,” raves Coach Peevey. “He’s not very talkative but people gravitate to him because lights up the room with his infectious smile. L’Ravien might be a successful athlete but he is a friend to all and a great teammate.”
Class 5-A: MJ Rivers, Sr., Quarterback, Frisco Lone Star
Summary MJ Rivers, Frisco Lone Star’s senior quarterback turned the ultimate test, a match-up with undefeated Frisco Reedy, into a walk in the park. He started the night with a pair of touchdown runs to give the Rangers a 14-0 edge, which they never relinquished. He added a couple of TD passes and another scoring run in the second quarter and three TDs (two passing, one running) in the third to blow the game wide open at 56-21. The 6-4, 220-pounder had a hand in Lone Star’s first eight touchdowns. (The ninth came on a 93-yard kickoff return.) For the night, MJ hit on a super-efficient 18 of 22 passes for 347 yards and four TDs. He also rushed 15 times for 119 yards and four scores. The results were typical for the transfer from Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy. For the season, MJ has connected on 101 passes for 1,838 yards and 21 TDs while rushing for 731 yards and 15 scores. With Rivers at the helm, Lone Star is ranked sixth in the state (Campbell) and has clinched the #1 seed in District 13-5A Division II going into Thursday night’s regular-season finale with Frisco Independence at The FordCenter.
A 3.2 GPA student, MJ also plays power forward on the Rangers’ hoop squad. He’s in constant demand as a speaker on anti-bullying and in the Red Ribbon Week anti-drug campaign. Whenever the team is looking for someone to volunteer for extra duty, MJ is always #1.
“Considering he came into a new system this year, MJ has grasped it so well and just seems to be getting better every week,” says Lone Star coach Jeff Rayburn. “Fortunately he grew up in our school district, so he has known his teammates for many years. I don’t believe that any quarterback does more for his team than MJ does for us. He’s a great distributor who just seems to take over a game. He’s absolutely unflappable and just an awesome kid.”
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Class 4-A: Zadock Dinkelmann, Sr., Quarterback, Somerset
When you grow up in a football family with an uncle who owns a Heisman Trophy and a grandfather who is a Texas coaching legend, the pressure to succeed can be overwhelming. Obviously Zadock Dinkelmann of Somerset didn’t get that memo. Last Friday was a typical night at the office for the BYU-bound quarterback, who saw his Bulldogs take a 20-point lead (34-14) at halftime, then lose it in the fourth quarter (down 35-34) before rallying for a 48-35 victory over previously unbeaten Pleasanton in a key District 15-4A, Division 1 game. “Zadock came up big in a big game; he was outstanding,” says proud grandfather and veteran coach Sonny Detmer, whose son Ty won the Heisman at BYU in 1990. Against Pleasanton, the 6-5, 240-pounder clicked on 21 of 30 passes for 344 yards and three TDs (38, 32 and 79 yards) and added 1-yard scoring run as Somerset (7-2, 3-1) scored the game’s final 14 points to complete the comeback. The Bulldogs finish up district play this Friday against La Vernia, then prepare for the bi-district playoffs.
Zadock’s play on the field is truly amazing especially considering his father and Somerset athletic director, Johann Dinkelmann, became bedridden this fall following two strokes. The holder of a sparking 3.5 GPA and an honor roll member, Zadock is a decorated basketball player who had to drop a promising hurdling career on the track after an ankle injury. He stays involved at school reading to elementary school children and volunteered for relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Next fall, Zadock is headed to BYU, where uncle Ty is the offensive coordinator and cousin Koy Detmer Jr., is a sophomore QB.
“Zadock has a high football IQ; he’s been around the game his whole life,” says Coach Detmer. “He has all the size, the knowledge, and the arm strength that everyone wants. He’s a terrific leader on and off the field, manages the game, and isn’t afraid to make suggestions for play calling.”
Class 3-A: Tayvis Coleman, Sr., Running Back/Strong Safety, Teague
Malakoff came to town last week, seeking its 21st straight regular-season win. Naturally, Teague’s home-standing Lions had other ideas. It didn’t take long to prove it. On his first two carries of the night, running back Tayvis Coleman toted the rock for 45 yards. The Lions meant business. By the time the evening ended, the 5-11, 170-pound Coleman had rushed the ball 23 times for a sparkling 221 yards and a pair of scores as Teague dropped the third-ranked Tigers, 35-14. “Tayvis set the tone for the night,” says Teague coach Donnie Osborn. “From that point on, we just rolled.” Perhaps equally important, Coleman made four tackles and two huge interceptions from his defensive spot at strong safety. That sets up the Lions, now 7-2 and 5-1 (district) to grab the top playoff seed in District 9 3-A Division I with a road test at Westwood on Friday night.
A stellar 4.1 GPA student, Tayvis plays basketball and runs track (relays, long jump) for the Lions. He regularly reads to elementary school students and was a leader in a project to send clothing and supplies to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Last week, he participated in the food drive for Lord’s Community Storehouse in advance of Thanksgiving.
“There’s not a better kid in the world,” raves Coach Osborn. “When he was a freshman, our starting tailback blew out his ACL during Week 8. Tayvis stepped in then and hasn’t been out of the lineup since. We told the team this year that we only wanted to have two captains; there wasn’t any doubt about Tayvis. He has an enormous work ethic; he just comes to work every day ready to go. He dreams about playing on Saturday. There’s no question that he will—and will make some coach very happy!”
Class 2-A: Kevin Yeager, Jr., Quarterback/Safety/Kicker, De Leon
Kevin Yeager is a big deal in the Big Country. The junior quarterback/safety/kicker is putting up big numbers on both sides of the ball for unbeaten De Leon. Take last Friday when the Bearcats rolled to their ninth straight win, a comfortable 51-7 district pounding of San Saba. “Kevin showed poise under pressure; he just doesn’t get rattled,” said coach and father David Yeager. The 6-2, 190-pound signal caller demonstrated that coolness quality, slinging it for 369 yards and four touchdowns, while hitting on 17 of 22 of his throws in less than three quarters. The junior also rushed for TDs of 2 and 8 yards and was perfect on seven extra-points. Just for good measure Kevin made six tackles and intercepted a pass on defense. That bodes well for the Bearcats (9-0) who are 5-0 in District 7-2A, Division 1 heading into the regular season finale against Goldthwaite this Friday.
Kevin is a year-around athlete, competing in five sports, which also includes basketball, baseball (pitcher/shortstop), track and field (relays, high jump), and golf. In nearly three seasons, he’s accounted for 104 TDs (running and throwing). The holder of a straight-A average, Kevin is a regular on the school’s honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. He remains busy with his church’s youth group, mentors elementary school kids, and is a class officer.
“Kevin is a coach’s son. He grew up on the sidelines and lived in the field house,” says Coach Yeager. “He’s a three-year starter and has clearly demonstrated the leadership qualities that define his position.”
Private schools: Wiley Green, Sr., Quarterback/Punter, Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy
With three TAPPS Division I title game appearances in four years (and a championship in 2015), Prestonwood Christian is accustomed to being on top. So even with a new quarterback in 2017, the Lions are in the hunt for another finals trip. Senior Wiley Green jumped in when BFT Player of the Week MJ Rivers transferred to Frisco Lone Star last winter—and he hasn’t missed a beat. The 6-3, 185-pounder helped demolish Plano John Paul II last week, hitting on 20 of 26 passes for a whopping 439 yards and six touchdowns on the way to a 65-7 pasting of its district rivals. A quick look at his season stats prove that it was no fluke. Green, a wide receiver a year ago, has competed 195 of 292 passes for 2,932 yards and 35 TDs. The Lions approach the end of the season at 7-2 (5-1 in TAPPS’ toughest district) with tight losses to Fort Worth All Saints’ and Dallas Bishop Lynch. Green and Co. would love nothing more than a repeat match-up with Lynch in a possible title game encounter. “Nobody outworks Wiley,” says Coach Chris Cunningham. “He’s there with us watching film every Saturday. He’s great at reading defenses and he’s amazingly composed in the pocket. Last week, when he had six incompletions, three of them were drops by the receivers.”
Wiley does it all at Prestonwood, compiling a 4.221 GPA (on a 4-point scale). Captain of the football team, he’s the starting third baseman in baseball. The team will be visiting the Dominican Republic on a mission trip this spring. Green mentors younger players, especially the freshmen, is a member of the Young Men’s Service League, and won the PCA Lion Award (given to one boy and one girl) as a junior.
Coach Cunningham can’t speak highly enough of his quarterback. “Wiley is an impact player on the field and in whatever culture he is part of,” says the Lions’ boss. “His character and leadership has made an impact in our locker room and in our school. He simply makes everything and everyone around him better.”
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Students recognized by Ford Motor Company, Texas Ford dealers and the Built FordTough media advisory board as Players of the Week excel in three categories:
- Individual performance on the field, including significant game statistics
- Contribution to the team’s success through individual leadership abilities
- Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship
Additionally, fans can catch all the action on Fox Sports Southwest. The network is again teaming with Ford and Texas Ford dealers to keep up with award winners through its weekly television show. Each week, television crews will travel to communities across Texas, spotlighting these players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The half-hour Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for 12 weeks.
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